Keys resorts among Travel + Leisure’s best

Key West’s Ocean Key Resort & Spa tied for 14th in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards 2022” number. COURTESY PHOTO

Readers of Travel + Leisure ranked four Florida Keys properties among Florida’s top 15 resorts in the travel publication’s recent “World’s Best Awards 2022” issue. Additionally, the Keys was named to the publication’s list of “The 15 Best Islands in the Continental United States”

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa on Little Torch Key was ranked #2 in Travel + Leisure’s “15 Best Resorts in Florida”. The property was also named one of the “World’s 100 Best Hotels” by readers.

Describing the private island resort, Travel + Leisure said, “…this newly reimagined adults-only retreat in the Florida Keys is only accessible by boat or seaplane. The 30 water-view bungalows don’t have TVs, encouraging tropical revelry of a more laid-back nature (think kayaking and snorkeling).

The magazine identified the luxury property as the only privately-owned island resort in the United States “where the resort is the island and the island is the resort.”

Three other Florida Keys resorts ranked among the top 15 in Florida: Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, in Key Largo; the 27-acre Sunset Key Cottages, listed #12 and just off Key West; and Key West’s Ocean Key Resort & Spa, which tied for No. 14.

“We are extremely honored that four of our Keys resorts have earned this distinctive recognition,” said Stacey Mitchell, director of the Florida Keys Tourism Council.

“Each of these resorts showcases our stunning wide open spaces, unique experiences and stylish accommodations that visitors crave,” she said.

Readers ranked favorite activities, including access to white-sand beaches, to help select Florida’s 15 best resorts from more than 4,000 properties across the state.

Naming the Florida Keys 11th among “The 15 Best Islands in the Americas”, the magazine said, “Anglers, boaters and avid divers flock to this string of islands, where they can enjoy the only living coral reef in the U.S. States.”

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